|Summer Melons in Sweet Spiced Wine
1 1/2 Cups Late-Harvest Dessert Wine, such as Reisling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, or Sauternes
1 Tablespoon Honey
1/2 Vanilla Bean, Split and Scraped
4 - 1/4 inch Slices Fresh Ginger
5 Pounds Assorted Melons, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Crenshaw, Casaba or Persian
Peel the orange with a vegetable peeler, making sure there is no white pith on the back. Juice the orange. Bring the orange juice, orange peel, wine, honey, vanilla bean, and ginger root to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and remove the orange peel, vanilla bean, and ginger root and discard. Let cool for 30 minutes.
In the meantime, using a melon baler, form balls of melon and place in a large glass bowl. Pour the orange-infused wine over the melon and let sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour, until the melon is chilled.
To serve, ladle the melon into bowls and pour the sauce over the melon.
Serves 6. - Joanne Weir